By Staff –
(Update, May 1) – Former Syracuse Firefighter Edward Ackerman was fired April 27, after being charged with evidence tampering in a hit-and-run case involving former DA investigator Peter Rauch.
The city has released the following statement regarding the matter:
“Edward Ackerman, 37, has been terminated from the Syracuse City Fire Department following a due process hearing. Ackerman elected to engage in the disciplinary process pursuant the terms of his union contract.
After due deliberation following the hearing, it was determined that Ackerman would no longer be employed by the city of Syracuse. The termination is effective immediately.”
A grand jury is currently deciding whether to indict both men; Rauch is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
(From March 22) – Peter Rauch, a former investigator for the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, has been accused of injuring 18-year-old Seth Collier in a hit-and-run accident, and Syracuse firefighter Edward Ackerman has been suspended without pay, due to his involvement in the incident.
According to an article on Syracuse.com, Ackerman had been following Rauch in a truck, while Rauch was driving the county-owned vehicle that struck Collier on the 1400 block of North Salina St., at around 1:30 a.m. on March 21.
The 18-year-old is currently on life support, and, according to family members, he is not expected to survive the accident.
“The City of Syracuse has suspended firefighter Edward Ackerman, without pay, effective March 21, 2017 pending an investigation into a hit-and-run accident on North Salina St.,” Mayor Stephanie Miner said in a statement.
Rauch reportedly fled the scene after striking Collier, while Ackerman and another witness, who are reportedly Rauch’s friends, went into a nearby bar, leaving the victim lying in the street.
Another nearby witness called police.
Rauch has pleaded not guilty in Syracuse City Court, and police said Ackerman has not currently been charged with a crime.
The DA’s office fired Rauch, and he is also facing disciplinary action from the Liverpool Police Department, where he was working as a part-time officer.